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ERIC Number: ED311464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 37
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The Press and Education Research: Why One Ignores the Other.
Savage, David
Arguing that educational research rarely makes it into print, this paper discusses what is wrong with educational research, what is wrong with the press, and offers suggestions for improving the relationship between educational research and the press. The paper argues that (1) education research is badly underfunded; (2) the most pressing questions in education research are often ignored; (3) most of the research comes in bits and pieces; (4) much education research is written in dense, abstract prose; and (5) education research often confirms common sense, which does not make for much of a news story. The paper argues that since most education research fails to pass the test of being new and significant, reporters and editors usually ignore it. The paper also notes that education is considered a backwater beat. The paper concludes that the relationship between education research and the press could be improved if there were a few well-edited research journals with a broad audience, a dozen media stars who could serve as sources for the press, and a regular schedule of research reports from organizations such as the Department of Education and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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